2019 Yaris Sedan New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Yaris is a subcompact sedan with excellent fuel economy, zippy acceleration, an excellent automatic or manual 6-speed transmission, proven reliability, nimble handling with a compliant ride, adequate interior room, and a low price.
It's been restyled recently, and for 2019, Toyota has dropped the hatchback edition. The 2019 Yaris also gets automatic emergency braking as standard equipment, a rarity among subcompact cars.
The Yaris uses a smooth and over-achieving 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with direct injection. It's made by Mazda, and delivers 106 horsepower while it returns 35 combined miles per gallon. It's EPA-rated at 32/40/35 mpg with the automatic and 30/39/34 mpg with the manual.
As for safety, the NHTSA gives it five stars overall, a top score for subcompacts. The only thing that keeps the IIHS from giving it the Top Safety Pick nod is the quality of its headlights..
The Yaris is available in L, LE, and XLE trim levels. The base Yaris L costs the least, but the well-equipped LE, at about $17,500, is the most popular model.
Standard equipment in the L model includes the 6-speed manual transmission, power features, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, radio controls on the steering wheel, a split-folding rear seat, cruise control, Bluetooth and USB ports.
The LE adds alloy wheels and keyless ignition.
The XLE adds a 6-speed automatic transmission, synthetic leather upholstery, automatic climate control, LED headlights, and a few other items. But not even the XLE is available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capability.
The 6-speed automatic transmission likely to be fitted to most Yaris L and LE sedans is a $1,050 option..